“Eastern Promises” Review

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Eastern Promises (2007)

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Eastern Promises” is David Cronenerg’s 18th big film starring Viggo Mortensen, Vincent Cassel and Naomi Watts. The script is written by Steven Knight, better known for “Amazing Grace” (2006) and “Locke” (2013), and the movie starts with a young Eastern European girl dying during childbirth, leaving her baby girl and a diary behind, which is then taken into care/examination by a nurse called Anna (Watts) in a London hospital. Upon the diary’s examination, Anna discovers that it is very probable that the young girl has suffered badly at the hands of certain individuals, which takes her deep into the seat of a London-based Russian mafia and its operation.

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“Tale of Tales” Mini-Review

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Tale of Tales (2015)

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Directed by Matteo Garrone, best known for his raw crime drama Gomorrah (2008), Tale of Tales or Il Racconto dei Racconti is a fantasy horror film which comprises three main stories seemingly running in parallel. The first story starts with the Queen (Salma Hayek) and King (John C. Reilly) of the kingdom Longtrellis, desperately wanting a child but who cannot have one, thereby resorting to extreme clandestine measures of killing a sea monster and consuming its heart to have a son, whose identical twin is also the son of a servant woman. Another story tells of the King of the kingdom Highhills (Toby Jones) arranging a tournament to wed his only daughter Violet (Bebe Cave) by making participants guess the large creature whose skin is on display – the skin is that of a flea. The third story centers on two elderly sisters who live calmly away from a public eye only for their peace to be shuttered when one of the sisters becomes bewitched and transformed into a young beauty (Stacy Martin) who, in turn, becomes the centre of affection for the lustful King of the kingdom Strongcliff (Vincent Cassel).

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‘La Belle et La Bête’ Trailer

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This may not be Jean Cocteau classic, but something must explain its current opening success in Italy. There are things here I like: Vincent Cassel as Beast/Prince, a powerful soundtrack and great visuals. I hear the story does not live up to all the visuals, but it’s a rule, rather than an exception today. Apparently, there is another ‘Beauty and the Beast’ movie to be announced with Emma Watson in it, but we will also see other Disney-themed movies soon. Joe Wright is directing ‘Pan’ (2015), ‘the origin’ story of Peter Pan staring Hugh Jackman. ‘Maleficent’ (2014) with Angelina Jolie is also coming soon, and we anticipate (for years now) “a darker version” of the fairytale ‘Pinocchio’ (2016) – an animated film directed by Guillermo del Toro.

My 10 Favourite French-Language Films

Modern era and in no particular order

1. La Haine (Hate) (1995)

 Haine

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“Black Swan” Review

Black Swan (2010)   

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Directed by Darren Aronofsky, ‘Black Swan’ is an ambitious film promising to submerge one into the world of classical ballet, a game of sexual seduction, hallucinatory experiences and pure psychological delirium, but did it deliver?

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